Mark Galyean has been chosen to lead the first regional small business development center in Louisiana.
(Monroe, LA) The Louisiana Small Business Development Center (LSBDC) and Northwestern State University (NSU) have selected Mark Galyean as Regional Director of the LSBDC Northwest Central Region.
As director, Galyean is responsible for guiding the formation of a new region hosted by NSU, which is comprised of three service centers, located in Shreveport, Alexandria and Natchitoches.
“I am excited about this opportunity and the expansion of our partnership with Northwestern State University,” said Galyean. “NSU has a rich history in economic development activities throughout Central Louisiana. By expanding its presence to Northwest Louisiana we can build on that momentum.”
Galyean will also manage, promote and evaluate LSBDC services to improve service delivery and impact. He and his team of consultants will work with small business owners to provide counseling, training, and technical assistance in all aspects of business management. Additionally, Galyean will work closely with business groups, community colleges and universities, as well as local, state and federal agencies and officials to assist with regional economic development efforts.
“Mark Galyean’s experience, expertise, and innovative spirit will be valuable in helping Northwestern’s SBDC grow in Shreveport and the region, said NSU President Doctor Randall Webb. “Northwestern has long been dedicated to assisting small business.”
Galyean’s focus for the next year is to enhance counseling and training programs for emerging and growth-oriented small businesses, increase services for next-stage businesses, assist with next-generation technology endeavors, and help small businesses gain access to capital.
“This new region has limitless potential to create, sustain and grow small businesses of all kinds, from agri-businesses to manufacturers, service companies to retail and from high technology companies to mainstream mom–and-pop establishments,” said Galyean. “My goal is to make sure that we are servicing the small business community by providing customized business solutions.”
Combining the skills from years of experience in the public and private sector, Galyean brings the LSBDC a diverse background in business leadership, economic development and technology.
“Mark is a great leader who is passionate about helping small businesses succeed,” said LSBDC state director Rande Kessler. “As a former business owner, he knows just what it takes to build a successful business. His experience and unique skillset will greatly benefit small businesses in Central and Northwest Louisiana.”
Prior to assuming the Regional Director position, Galyean served as the center director of the LSBDC at University of Louisiana at Lafayette for 10 years. Starting as the assistant director in 2001, Galyean built one of the most successful centers in the state. During his tenure, he and his team counseled and trained 12,000 entrepreneurs and helped them start 275 businesses, save and retain nearly 600 jobs, secure more than $58 million in capital and increase sales by more than $32 million.
In 2009, under Galyean’s leadership the U.S. Small Business Administration and Louisiana Economic Development presented Galyean and his team the SBDC Service Excellence and Innovation Award for its contributions to the region’s growth and expansion.
During the same year, Galyean also received the Louisiana State Star award for his outstanding work and innovative team-based approach to helping small businesses recover from recent disasters.
Galyean is a former economic development specialist and director of policy, planning and technology for LED. A native of Opelousas, LA, he has a bachelor’s degree in History from Centenary College of Louisiana.
The LSBDC Northwest Central Region serves 14 parishes including Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Claiborne, DeSoto, Grant, Jackson, Natchitoches, Rapides, Red River, Sabine, Vernon, Webster and Winn.
For more information, to make an appointment, or for a list of upcoming training events, visit the LSBDC website at http://www.lsbdc.org
In 2013, through its partnership with Louisiana Economic Development and the U.S. Small Business Administration, the LSBDC served more than 13,000 small businesses – creating 1,127 new jobs, 190 new businesses, $71 million in capital, and helping generate $27 million in new state income tax revenue.
About Louisiana Small Business Development Center
The LSBDC is Louisiana’s largest and most accessible source of assistance for entrepreneurs and the only statewide nationally accredited program that provides business consulting to entrepreneurs at no cost. Through a network of university and community college centers, the LSBDC provides high quality one-on-one counseling, training and information resources to help small businesses start, grow and succeed.